Thursday, October 29, 2009

Held By Truth

God is trying to teach me patience these days, but I'm not a very good student. With all the rain we've been having, farmers teach me patience as they calmly wait for dry, sunny, windy weather to bring in their crops. In my head, I know, like farmers know, that God is in control. But oftentimes I am so anxious. I lack faith and trust in times of trial.

Yesterday just before a meeting of the local pastors, I found a little booklet "Anchors in the Storm: Truths that Hold Us Steady." Condensed from John Stowell's The Upside of Down: Finding Hope When It Hurts, the little booklet was just what the doctor ordered for me.

Here's a sample:
Part of the process of working through pain is to learn to hang onto what we have from the neck up. When our hearts are broken and hurt, there doesn't seem to be a pipeline from the brain to the emotions. That's okay. Just don't let go of what you know...

What can we know in the midst of trials? One thing is this: The testing of faith produces endurance. God says, in James 1:3-4, that the pain process has a purpose. It will, in the end, result in stronger faith, more stability, and, finally, joy.

James writes: My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
Today I will trust God to bring good even from pain. Let's pray for one another and encourage each other, and be thankful, so thankful, for the faithfulness of God, who will work all things for good according to his purposes, even when the Holy Spirit must interceed for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26-28). In the end, God is in control. I'm so glad I'm not.


  1. Even though I am not a member of your church - I check your blog often during the week. Your entry today was perfect - my life is a little stormy right now, but I have to trust the he knows best and this too shall pass.

  2. Thank you. Your note is proof that God does indeed use all things for good. Because of Jesus, we can know God does understand all our sorrows, and he will bring victory in the end. Praise the Lord.

    Someone said yesterday, in the thick of the battle with a certain sadness, that praising God--praising God for what he IS doing (sometimes behind the scenes) and what he already HAS done--praising God is a key to releasing our sadness and receiving God's joy as a gift.

    So, I've decided, in my head, to do that, Even though my heart is still heavy, I will consider it joy.